Healthy menus and shopping strategies
Calories in sushi: What are the low-cal options?
Calories in sushi vary depending on what's paired with the rice. Use these tips to make smart choices when you're watching calories.
How meat and poultry fit in your healthy diet
Meat and poultry can be part of a healthy-eating pattern. Choose lean cuts and prepare them using healthy-cooking techniques.
Ultraprocessed foods: Convenience at what cost?
Ultraprocessed foods, such as frozen dinners, are staples for many Americans. Why do these convenience foods have a bad rep?
Sodium nitrate in meat: Heart disease risk factor?
Sodium nitrate, a preservative in some meats, may increase your heart disease risk.
Healthy breakfast: Quick, flexible options
Don't skip breakfast because you're short on time. Try these fast and healthy breakfast ideas.
What sell-by dates really mean
Did you know that dates on food packages are typically intended to ensure quality, not safety? The use-by and the sell-by dates tell grocery stores how long to display products for sale. These dates don't indicate how long a food is safe to eat. Rather than relying on these dates, make it a habit to use or freeze perishable food within a few days of purchase.
What do the dates on food packages mean?
Get to know what the dates on food packages mean, including the 'sell by' and 'best if used by' dates.
Fast food tip: Keep it small
You can enjoy fast food now and then if you order wisely. If the restaurant offers several sandwich sizes, pick the smallest. Bypass hamburgers with two or three beef patties, which can pack more than 900 calories. Instead, choose a regular- or children's-sized hamburger, which has about 250 calories. Also, skip the large serving of french fries and ask for a small serving instead. This switch alone saves 200 calories or more.
Fast food tip: Skip the fries
You can eat healthy away from home, even at fast-food joints. When ordering side dishes, take advantage of the healthy options offered. For example, instead of french fries choose a side salad, fruit slices or a baked potato.
Fast food tip: Go green
Can fast food be part of a healthy-eating plan? Sure, if you order wisely. Choose an entree salad with grilled chicken or shrimp, and garden vegetables. Avoid salads topped with breaded chicken or other fried toppings. And skip extras like cheese and croutons. Choose a dressing you like but be cautious with the amount you use.
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